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Noren puts his injury hell behind him to clinch title


Alex Noren

Alex Noren

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Alex Noren

Sweden's Alex Noren put last year's injury misery firmly behind him after cruising to his second Nordea Masters title at a windswept PGA Sweden National in Malmo.

Noren carded a closing 71 to finish 12 under par, four shots ahead of Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen, who ended his own winless drought of six years with victory in the Irish Open last week.

Noren played just two tournaments in 2014 due to tendonitis in both wrists, but was second in the Dubai Desert Classic in February and eighth in the BMW PGA Championship a fortnight ago.

"It's very very pleasing," said the 32-year-old. "I've been pretty nervous all day and it was so tough the last two days I just want to relax now a little bit. It was pretty much the toughest weekend I've ever felt. When you are in the lead especially you think a lot and it was so tough.

"I wasn't too confident going into the week because I've had a tough time in the wind lately and here you have to hit all the shots to get around, but it got better as the week went on.

"Last year this moment seemed a very, very long way off and even when I got back playing just before Christmas I didn't play very well. Then something clicked in the early part of this year and it felt a lot better. Now it feels very nice.

"I had a few good tournaments but hadn't played good on the last day.

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"When I had a chance at Wentworth I had a slow round but here I kept my poise and tried to hit the shots I needed," he added.

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